Writers' Trust Gala

November 25, 2014  
Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto


Colin Mochrie kisses Margaret Atwood's hand. Photo by George Pimentel

Presenting Sponsor


Authors Sponsor

Raymond James

Chairs: Rudyard Griffiths and Jennifer Lambert 
Host: Colin Mochrie

The 2014 Writers' Trust Gala was hosted by comedian Colin Mochrie on November 25 in Toronto. In addition to raising funds in support of Writers' Trust programming, this year's gala was a celebration of Writers' Trust founder Margaret Atwood's 75th birthday. 

Prominent Canadian authors joined business community leaders for a birthday bash fundraiser like no other. Thanks to star craftician Kalpna Patel, paper slices of birthday cake atop colourful hardcovers adorned each table, complete with Margaret Atwood's inspiring quote: "A word after a word after a word is power." 

Friends Alice Munro, Valerie Martin, Joseph Boyden, and Vincent Lam offered personal messages via a short video, which also feautured daughter Jess Atwood Gibson and a special song from partner Graeme Gibson. Melanie Doane's Uschool succeeded in surprising the self-proclaimed unsuprisable guest of honour with a ukulele rendition of "Happy Birthday," after which birthday girl Margaret Atwood took the stage to thank the crowd, adding a few words in support of cultural creators. Read Margaret Atwood's speech

Whether you attended or are just curious, use the Writers’ Trust Gala App to read about our featured authors, discover some interesting facts about our birthday guest of honour, and more. Get it now at writerstrust.com/galaapp.

Huge thanks to our 2014 Gala Committee members: Tracy Gomes, Rudyard Griffiths, Peter Kahnert, Jennifer Lambert, Amanda Lang, Marla Lehberg, RB Matthews, Neve Peric, Patti Thorlakson, Luc Vanneste, and Richard Ward.


For more information please contact Joe Goulart:
416-504-8222 x243

2014 Sponsors and Attending Writers:

Presenting Sponsor
Authors Sponsor
  • Raymond James
First Edition Sponsors
  • Globe and Mail
  • Rogers
  • RBC
  • TD Bank
Hardcover Sponsors
  • Anonymous
  • BMO Financial Group
  • CIBC
  • Jocelyn Hidi

  • Latner Family Foundation
  • Maple Leaf Foods
  • Marla & David Lehberg
  • Toronto Star
  • WealhouseCapital
Paperback Sponsors
  • Aecon
  • AGF
  • Aird & Berlis
  • Alex Graham
  • iBooks
  • Broadridge Financial
  • Di Prata Family
  • CBC
  • Chestnut Park Real Estate
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Douglas Knight
  • The Globe and Mail
  • HarperCollins Canada
  • Humber College
  • KPMG
  • Longview Asset Management
  • Nexus
  • Penguin Random House Canada
    2014 Attending Writers
  • Sally Armstrong
  • Margaret Atwood
  • David Bezmozgis
  • Claire Cameron
  • Adrienne Clarkson
  • Nancy Jo Cullen
  • Anthony De Sa
  • Gillian Deacon
  • Cherie Dimaline
  • Emma Donoghue
  • Robyn Doolittle
  • Cary Fagan
  • Charles Foran
  • Graeme Gibson
  • Kevin Hardcastle
  • Lawrence Hill
  • Miranda Hill
  • Ghalib Islam
  • Amy Jones
  • Joseph Kertes
  • Vincent Lam
  • Jim Leech
  • Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • David Macfarlane
  • Linden MacIntyre
  • Lee Maracle
  • Sandra Martin
  • Colin McAdam
  • Jacquie McNish
  • Shawn Micallef
  • Colin Mochrie
  • Charles Pachter
  • Steve Paikin
  • Molly Peacock
  • Alison Pick
  • Menaka Raman-Wilms
  • Elizabeth Renzetti
  • Noah Richler
  • Naben Ruthnum
  • Mark Sakamoto
  • Carrie Snyder
  • Adam Sol
  • Eva Stachniak
  • Lynn Thomson
  • Paula Todd
  • Miriam Toews
  • Priscila Uppal
  • Michael Winter
  • David Young

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